Its the end of 2009. And seriously, I am happy to see the back of it. I can recall a few scattered years over the decades of my life so far when I’ve shared a similar feeling. Thank God they haven’t been the majority of my years. And I’m not being melodramatic when I say 2009 ranks up at the top, among my most challenging years.
It was made even more so, because I do not consider my life in a vacuum, isolated from what is going on around me. I felt as part of my life experiences the conditions and events that took place around me, captured and held my attention and affected my mood, choices, decisions and general circumstances of life. So for me, 2009 was many tough years rolled into one. And the jury is out as to the implications for 2010.
But hear me, when a year like 2009 comes around it is not easy to predict what’s coming next. It offers at least 2 possible interpretations. On the one hand, you could look at it negatively and say based on how this ends its only going to continue on this downward spiral into the abyss. However, on the other hand you might say this is it. It can only go upward after this there is no further down.
I like the latter and so will remember with thanksgiving that God has brought us safely over. So you might have thought it was the end, and maybe whatever situation you are faced with now you are thinking you’d rather not go on. But receive this assurance at the end of this year, and let it fill you with hope for the year to come.
Paul the apostle puts it like this in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9:
7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. 8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
Over the past year I’ve had my share of those difficulties of which Paul speaks. And guess what, I’m alive. I know I did not make it through 2009 by my own skill or power. God’s favour was upon me; and God’s power kept and continues to sustain me. I resolved to let each experience impart to me more of life’s wisdom. And I’m all the more stronger for them. So for me, I am looking forward to 2010 because I believe that 2009 was preparation for what is to come.
What about you? Do you share a similar hope for 2010 or have you hit rock bottom and feel like you can’t go on anymore? If you’ve made it this far to the end of the year, don’t let go. Here’s some more encouragement from the Kurt Kerr Singers:
May your heart be filled with hope and thanksgiving for the coming year.